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Operations & Technical Mgr

Operations & Technical Mgr

Global Operations Group
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Min. Exp.(Yrs) 
Full Time

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General Function


Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.


Responsible for managing and overseeing US subcontractor operations related to quality, on-time deliveries, and maintaining cost efficiencies through effective processes and yields.  Responsible for all technical aspects of leather manufacturing as well as maintaining proper inventory levels.

Primary Duties


  • Develop, approve, and control the tanning process in order to ensure satisfactory quality standard and high consistency of the wet blue delivered to subcontractors.
  • Coordinate seasonal developments with the marketing team in the US.
  • Ensure a proper handover of all the technical input and standards, specification of the product, and training the personnel in the subcontracting tannery for achieving the best and consistent quality of leather.
  • Maintain chemical costing and technology file in order to investigate relevant improvement options, Chemical price, cost, and productivity.
  • Oversee and ensure the quality inspection of the manufactured leathers is done in accordance with established standards (KPI’s).
  • Coordinate and monitor wet blue planning to ensure material needed is in place to fill contractor capacities.  Ensure optimal utilization of the wet blue grades according to the leather types.
  • Ensure the finished leather stock is maintained and properly stored/protected
  • Oversee communication with partners to ensure the division is properly represented.
  • Assist the subcontracting tannery in all the technical and operational activities in order to maintain and continuously improve manufacturing KPI’s.
  • Maintain inventory aging: Proper rotation, recoloring, and minimizing overages.
  • Manage weekly activities to ensure shipments meet targeted period deliverables.
  • Coordinate with shoe development and technical personnel to address technical queries.
  • Work with VP of Leathers to maintain proper operating inventory levels, including the reporting of inventories to Finance department at the end of each Period.
  • Coordinate with Customer Service to ensure proper processing of customer orders, an accurate backlog, and issuance of purchase orders to suppliers/subcontractors. 
  • Coordinate with Sales and Customer Service to ensure product development activities are planned that will support customer expectations.
  • Perform duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Perform other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Leather Technology, Chemical Processing, or other related field
  • Degree or diploma in Business Management preferred 
  • 10+ years’ experience in leather processing with 3-5 years managing a tannery
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with effective presentation skills (English)
  • Computer literate with experience in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Results driven, resilient to pressure, organized, and versatile

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).